Velvet was the very first blogger I had met. After exchanging texts and emails for several weeks, she invited me to meet her at a local bar. I declined, making up some sort of lame excuse as to why I couldn’t go out at 8:30pm on a Thursday night. In truth, I was terrified to accept her invitation; as much as I’d wanted to clink glasses with the ballsy broad of the blog world, I wasn’t exactly keen on the idea of her meeting me.
My initial attraction to blogging was that it was a medium in which I could unload whatever it was that I was feeling at the time, and that I could do so without fear of bruising the egos of or inciting anger in my subjects. There was security attached to anonymity, and I was reluctant to let that security go in favor of downing beers with a DC Blog Badass.
We successfully wooed the reclusive Blond out of hiding, forming a short-lived but wicked fun crew of Whorebuckets.
Arjewtino, Betty Joan and I bonded with Lexa and Secular Friend at Shamrockfest, over plastic cups of Miller Lite and multiple rounds of Spin the Bottle. Secular Friend was invited to be the lone male at a pirate-themed happy hour with the PhD Three and The Blond.
I had met Ryane in passing at one of those early happy hours but, several months later, Paige Jennifer re-introduced us over brunch. Ryane joined mysterygirl! and I for drinks, and we’ve been saving her a seat at the bar ever since.
There’s more, but you get the idea. Velvet introduced me to a few of her friends, I introduced my new friends to others, they responded in kind. Some of my very best friendships were spawned from these initial introductions, and I believe that my own introductions have netted a similar result.
I began blogging as someone who, at the time, felt somewhat alone in the world. Because of one person who reached out to me, I today have more friends than I can count on each of my fingers and toes, friends who have enriched my life immeasurably. I’m grateful for this – for all of you – those whom I’ve met and those I’ve yet to meet.
This is my 200th blog post. I don’t know how many more entries I have left in me – could be a handful, could be a hundred. What I am certain of is this: long after this blog has been retired, long after its posts have been deleted and their content forgotten, the resulting friendships will continue to grow, to flourish, to blossom.
Thank you, Velvet, for planting the first seed in what has now become a most incredible garden, one with very few thorns and oh-so-many roses.